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The Art and Craft of Sound Design- Interview with Bishwadeep Chatterjee

PT met up with Bishwadeep Chatterjee, one of India’s most esteemed Sound Designer. In this extremely insightful interview, he generously shares his unique perspective and experience on music recording and sound design..... read more

Bose Professional Assures an IMMERSIVE SOUNDSCAPE At Sardar Patel Stadium – The Largest Cricket Stadium in the World

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they arrived for the “Namaste Trump” event on 24 Feb 2020..... read more

Shankar and Siddharth Mahadevan’s Lambodara Studios – Leaves you Breathless

Auroville based leading acoustic consultancy & audio video system design firm Sound Wizard was tasked with designing acclaimed singer, composer and music director Shankar Mahadevan’s ..... read more

In Conversation With Sreejesh Nair

Besides being a part of the first Dolby Atmos Mix theater installation in India and the first Dolby Atmos Premiere Mix room in the world, Sreejesh Nair has been responsible for crafting the sound for major films like Bombay Velvet, Gangs of Wasseypur - II, Agneepath..... read more

Stained Class Productions - Beyond the Realms of Sound

Meet the father & son duo, Murugan N. and Mrinal N. whose musical influence has been Judas Priest and who have aptly named their studio after the fourth studio album of Judas Priest - Stained Class. Mrinal who manages the technical aspects ..... read more

Independent Producers Blurb on their Music and Technology

One of Asia’s largest music festivals, OPPO Sunburn in association with Percept Live and Klassique Events Goa returned to its birthplace Goa, this December after a hiatus of 3 years. The festival which made a grand homecoming for its 13th edition at Vagator for a three-day showcase ..... read more

Sequence of Steps to Follow on Resuming Studio Operations Post an Extended Duration of Shutdown

Munro Acoustics India has put together a suggestion/ guideline document after consulting many studios and engineers across the world to aid their clients in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and SE Asia..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms - Part 1

Acoustic and audio system design for a “small room” can be extremely challenging, especially for critical listening applications like control rooms and reference home cinemas. It is vital to understand the relationship between system..... read more

Harman Reigns Supreme in Indian Cinemas

Sound in the cinema, until recently, was dictated by standardized speaker layouts. If you are from the commercial cinema project, from the first design to the finished furnishings..... read more

Recording To Records

Music in India has changed drastically. This music and song driven country which is largely dominated by Bollywood soundtracks, has in the past year seen less of originals and more of old songs being plagiarised..... read more

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LIVE SOUND CONSOLES

Mixing it Up for the Live Stage


Part II of PALM technology’s focus on Live Consoles, lines-up some more noteworthy desks, most of which were launched in 2017-2018. This guide is primarily focused on mixing consoles used for live sound, which is literally the heart of every live performance. As such, it is a crucial piece of equipment that requires careful consideration, which is why we have updated this guide to showcase some new consoles in the market. Part I which presented consoles from other brands like Studer, Midas, Soundcraft and Digico was featured in the Jan-Feb 2018 edition of the magazine. Those of our readers who missed it can access it through the “product focus” section on palmtechnology.in

Yamaha Rivage PM7


The RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system expands the digital mixing options available for an even broader range of applications. This system is based around the CSD-R7 Digital Mixing Console with built-in signal processing for mixing and effects. Other required components are one or more I/O racks for input and output, and a dedicated interface card for network connectivity. Also, its built-in DSP offers similarly high standards of operation and workflow efficiency in a relatively compact, portable system..

Main Features include:

• Yamaha offers two types of high-performance I/O Rack units for RIVAGE PM7 input and output, each providing compatibility with a different audio network.
• Fitted with RY-ML-SILK analog input cards the RPio622 and RPio222 I/O racks offer outstanding emulations of the transformer circuitry and SILK processing featured in microphone preamplifiers from Rupert Neve Designs, immaculately modeled using Yamaha VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology.
• Through in-depth collaboration with Dan Dugan Sound Design, renowned Dan Dugan automatic microphone mixing with its advanced algorithms is built into the RIVAGE PM series digital mixing systems. Setup is easy: just insert the processor into up to 64 channels for automatically optimized microphone gain distribution.
• The Selected Channel section of the RIVAGE PM7 inherits the full-featured configuration of the RIVAGE PM10, providing direct, fast access to all channel parameters.
• The RIVAGE PM7 control surface features three groups of 12 faders to which channels can be assigned as required. The two leftmost fader groups work with large touch panel displays in the top panel, providing an enhanced version of the Catalogic operating environment..

Tech Specifications:

• Mixing Capacity
 Input Mixing Channels: 120mono
 Mix Buses: 60
 Matrices: 24 (Input to Matrix supported)
 Stereo Buses: 2
 Mono Buses: 1
 Cue Bus: 2
• Local Connectors  Analog Input: XLR 8
 Analog Output: XLR 8
 Expansion Slots: HY Slots 3 (CSD-R7) ; MY Slots 2 (CSD-R7)
 Digital In: AES/EBU 4
 Digital Out: AES/EBU 4
 GPI: IN (D-Sub) 8 (CSD-R7); Out (D-Sub) 8 (CSD-R7)
 Word Clock I/O: In / Out (CSD-R7)
 MIDI I/O: In / Out (CSD-R7)
 USB: File 4; 2 Track Rec/Play 1
 External Redundant PSU: Built-in dual power supply
 Ethernet: Yes
 Lamp: 4 (CSD-R7)

Allen & Heath GLD-112

GLD-112 is a larger version of the popular GLD-80 mixer, with an extra bank of 8 control strips, increasing the channel count to 28 fader strips in 4 layers.

GLD is a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system, conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series. Plug n’ play I/O expanders make it easy to build systems with up to 48 mic inputs, supported by a full suite of apps, software and personal monitoring solutions.

GLD-112 provides 48 input processing channels, 8 stereo FX returns fed by the FX emulations, 30 configurable buses, 20 mix processing channels, and DSP power to provide full processing without compromise.

Now in a new GLD Chrome Edition, with sleek new styling, Automatic Mic Mixing, new embedded plugin FX and new compressor models on all channels.

Main features include:

• Compact digital mixer with scalable, remote I/O
• Systems from 4 to 48 mics
• Easy to use, quick to access, analogue style interface
• dSNAKE Cat5 digital snake—up to 120m cable length
• 8.4 inch colour touchscreen for graphical view and setup
• 28 faders, 4 layers, 112 channel strips in a freely customizable layout
• 48 input channels into 30 assignable buses (Aux, Group, Matrix, Main, FX Send) into 20 mix outputs
• 8 stereo RackFX engines with dedicated ‘short’ returns with 4-band PEQ
• Full processing on all inputs including trim, polarity, HPF, insert, gate, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay
• Full processing on all outputs including insert, PEQ, GEQ, compressor and delay
• Deep processing embedded plugins including GEQ and compressor models
• Automatic Mic Mixer with up to 44 microphone sources

Cadac CDC Seven-s

The Cadac CDC seven-s is the flagship console in Cadac’s digital lineup. The CDC seven-s is not only physically larger than its sister consoles, but it also has a greater channel count, with 128 input channels and a configurable bus count of 56. It shares the same operating system and feature set as its smaller siblings meaning that show files can run across all three.

Main features include:

• Classic Cadac Mic-pres
• Sub 0.4 millisecond latency from analogue inputs on stage to analogue outputs on stage
• Automatic latency management system
• 128 input channels
• 64 busses, 56 are assignable as Group, Stereo Group, Aux, Stereo Aux or Matrix
• Unique Cadac Monitor Mode
• Custom Fader Layers
• 4 band fully parametric EQ
• Extensive dynamics
• 16 VCA groups including ‘VCA unfold’ navigation
• 16 assignable buttons with OLED displays
• 16 stereo on-board effects
• 31 band graphic equaliser on all outputs as well as 4 band fully parametric EQ
• Compressor/limiter on all outputs
• Input and output delays
• Snapshot automation system with Cue Ripple and Cue Preview
• Dugan Automixer post fade Insert for Waves

Tech Specifications:

• Faders: 36 x 100mm motorized faders
• Screens: 2 x 23.5” 16:9 HD + 1 x 6.5” Touchscreens
• PSU: 1 x external 19” 2U rackmount PSU
• Channels: 128 with full processing
• Busses: 56 configurable in pairs as group/aux/st aux plus dedicated LCR, monitor LR, headphones LR and talkback
• Matrix: Up to 67 x 48 with full processing
• Outputs: Up to 192 (inc local I/O)
• Graphic EQ: 32 band +/-16 dB on all 55 outputs
• Internal FX: 16 high-resolution 96 kHz stereo effects processors
• Local IO: 8 x XLR Mic Inputs (inc 48 V, PAD and 1 dB gain steps), 8x XLR Balanced outputs, 4 x XLR AES/EBU inputs and 4 x XLR AES/EBU outputs
• Comms: 2 x Cadac MegaCOMMS

Audio Specification

• Sample Rate: 96 kHz
• Processing Delay: Sub 0.4 millisecond latency through complete signal chain
• Internal Processing: 40-bit floating point
• ADC/DAC: 24-bit
• Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 44 kHz + 0.5 / -1.5 dB
• THD+N: better than 0.005% @unity gain, 10 dB input at 1 kHz
• Channel Separation: better than 90 dB
• Residual Output Noise: < -90 dBu (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
• MIC EIN: < -127 dB with 200 Ohm source impedance
• Maximum Output: 21 dBu
• Dimensions: 1555.7mm wide x 766mm deep x 259.12mm height
• Weight: 60kgs / 132lbs (approx)

Avid VENUE S6L-24C

Avid has expanded their award-winning Avid VENUE S6L live sound family, with three new control surfaces, a new engine, and two new I/O racks—built on a unified technology platform.

The Venue S6L-24C is a 24-fader control surfaces from this extended family. It is designed as a replacement for, or more accurately an upgrade to, the hugely successful Venue Profile console.

Complete reuse of S6L control surface modules supports the workflows designed for the larger S6L-32D and 24D surfaces. S6L-24C is supported with every E6L engine and I/O rack.

Main features include:

• Do more with a single solution: The unified live sound platfom that offers 100% software, hardware, and show file compatibility and interoperability across the entire line. It’s also offers direct Waves and AAX plug-in control from the console to elevate mixes, and 128 tracks of built-in Pro Tools recording/playback with Virtual Soundcheck, saving hours of prep time. Plus, you get three years of 24x7 priority support to ensure the show always goes on.
• Meet any live sound challenge: Its modularity and unmatched flexibility make it easy to scale a system with your choice of five control surfaces, three engines, and four I/O racks.
• Mix and record high-quality audio: With its premium-grade architecture, audio engine, and high-performance preamps, it delivers incredible clarity, warmth, and presence throughout the signal path.
• Pump up performances with massive power: It combines two powerhouse technologies that work in concert together. With a state-of-the-art real-time processing engine and dedicated DSP plug-in processing, it gives unrivaled processing capabilities to handle an extraordinary number of channels—without the complication or stress.



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